The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    An introduction to TCM

    If you?re interested in learning more about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), here is a link to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. It’s dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about classical TCM and natural self-healing.

    Here is a synopsis of healing from the perspective of TCM.

    • Healing is multidimensional
    • Body, mind, spirit, and emotions must be addressed in the “healing journey”
    • TCM is not the result of scientific or rational thinking
    • It’s based on a perception and understanding of natural law — how this world and the universe function at the level of energy
    • One goal is to identify and treat the root cause of conditions in order to achieve genuine healing and prevent a return of an illness
    • Addressing these causes early on makes it possible to achieve and maintain good health
    • TCM uses a variety of natural healing treatments to stimulate an innate healing capacity
    • During illness, the ability to self-heal might be dormant, but it responds to natural forms of treatment

    Interestingly, TCM doctors in ancient times were paid only if their patients remained well!

    10/31/06 17:43 JR

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